Luton is a large town in the east of England, 32 miles (51 kilometres) north of London. Historically, Luton is within the county of Bedfordshire, and since 1997, the town has been a unitary authority. Luton, along with its near neighbours of Dunstable and Houghton Regis, form the Luton/Dunstable Urban Area with a population of over 230,000.
London Luton Airport is the fourth largest airport serving the London area. Just over 10million passenger passed through the airport in 2008, making it the 5th busiest airport in the UK. The airport serves as a hub for easyJet, Monarch Airlines, Thomson Airways, Wizz Air and Ryanair.